Brembo "Firehawk" Performance Brake System for Third Gen Camaro:
The following photos are of a Brembo brakes installation for the Camaro. The Brembo brakes package was introduced by GM on the Pontiac Firebird "Firehawk" package. GM was interested in doing better in racing and thus released the Firebird with the "Firehawk" package through dealers with the Brembo brakes, Ronal model R-15 17" wheels, a ram air hood and other performance enhancements. This same brake package was also available through Brembo USA and could be installed on the Camaro due to commonality of design and parts.
Unlike the stock GM brakes they replace, the Brembo brakes system uses a fixed rather than floating caliper, and a floating rotor independent of the hub rather than a fixed rotor. This allows the rotor to expand and distort while it reaches high temperatures.
Brembo brakes are most famous for their dominance in Formula 1 racing and for being used in the exotic vehicle market on Ferraris and Porsches.
1567 Sunland Lane
Costa Mesa CA 92626
|Brembo Part #||Quantity||Description|
|20.4862.12||1||AL 38/44 Hi-Per CAL, NP (LHS)|
|20.4862.22||1||AL 38/44 Hi-Per CAL, NP (RHS)|
|09.4700.54||1||332mm x32mm Grooved Disc L, H/D|
|09.4700.64||1||332mm x32mm Grooved Disc R, H/D|
|Firehawk hub||2||Firehawk disk bell|
|Firehawk MNT||2||Firehawk mounting bracket|
|X00.3771.00||20||8mm Bushing - X2.030.26|
|A1.08.34.105||20||Screw Long X00.3771.00|
|X9.002.50||4||12mm stud F-40|
|-||4||7/16 UNF Jetnuts|
|-||4||7/16 AN Washers|
|06.2228.40||2||10mm Banjo Bolt Indy Mono|
|06.2196.13||4||Copper Gasket Inlet|
The Brembo kit includes 13" disks, aluminum hubs and calipers. The Brembo brake kit requires the use of 17" wheels and the GM 1LE spindles. I used the "Firehawk (Ronal R-15) 17x9.5 inch rims with a 10mm offset (inwards). Recommended tires: P275/40ZR17
Disk to hub attachment: 6ft torque with blue or red loctite.Note the difference in size between the stock GM Camaro rotor and the Bembro rotor:
GM 1LE Spindles:
Left: GM '82 Camaro spindle, Right: GM 1LE Camaro spindle.
Installation notes: In order to change spindles (if required - many late model Camaros came with the 1LE spindles) you must use a spring compressor to disassemble and assemble the A-arm assembly.
Spring compression tool
Spring compression tool compressing the front coil spring
The Italian Brembo Caliper sizing blueprint. (full size)